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Date: Saturday, June 2, 2018 - 3:00pm to Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Register by June 23

Date: Saturday, June 23, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Parma Woods Shooting Range

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (ages 2+) Join us for story hour as we lead you on fantastic nature adventures! We will meet birds, mammals and all sorts of magnificent creatures! We will cross rivers, discover mysteries within the forest and fly across the prairies. Our imaginations are the only limits.

Register by June 29

Date: Saturday, June 30, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (all ages)
Did you know Missouri is home to North America’s largest rodent? Come on in and learn some unique facts about one of Missouri’s busiest critters, the beaver.

Date: Tuesday, July 3, 2018 - 3:00am to Saturday, July 28, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive amphibians, fish and turtles enjoy their feast every Wednesday and Saturday.

Date: Friday, July 6, 2018 - 3:00pm to Friday, July 20, 2018 - 3:30pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Walk-in (all ages) Discover what’s for dinner at Burr Oak Woods as the captive snakes enjoy their feast every other Friday.

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 2:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (all ages) Sunny summer days are the perfect time to step outside for a scavenger hunt and a nature walk at the Discovery Center! Join us as we explore the pond, prairie and forest to collect beautiful native flowers, grasses, leaves, nuts berries and more. Then step back inside and use your collection to create your own unique nature art. A perfect reminder of your sunny adventure.

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 10:00am to 11:00am

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 11:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (ages 3-8: all welcome) Join volunteer naturalists for a fantastic journey through forests, streams and other magical places as they read select books. Children will participate in a hands-on nature activity.

Date: Saturday, July 7, 2018 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

No registration required (all ages) Slither in and discover the wonderful world of Missouri’s snakes. These legless, scaly reptiles are often misunderstood, but are beneficial to the environment and us. Join us as we untangle snake myths, learn who lives around us, and meet some live snakes up close.

Register by July 9

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 9:00am to 10:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Get ready to feel the tug on your line! Join us for a fun and unique fishing experience using cane poles. No reels needed! Cane fishing poles are primitive, but their simple design makes fishing easy and exciting for anglers of any age.

Register by July 8

Date: Tuesday, July 10, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

Cane pole fishing is an easy, affordable, non-mechanical way to get back to the basics of fishing. Please join us for an evening of leisurely fishing. We will provide instruction, poles and bait. Open to all ages.

Register by July 9

Date: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 - 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Location: Lake Jacomo Marina

Lesson 3: Five Common Missouri Fish-Their Anatomy, Habitat, and Life Cycle combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families basic biological concepts and functions specific to largemouth bass, bluegill, hybrid sunfish, channel catfish and rainbow trout. Participants will learn the different components of fish anatomy and their functions. In addition, participants will learn about various types of fish habitat and aquatic food webs. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. All children ages 7-15 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. Participants must have completed Lessons 1 and 2 prior to attending Lesson 3 or 4.

Register by July 11

Date: Thursday, July 12, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required for youngsters (ages 3-5 with an adult)
A pond is a busy place filled with all kinds of life both above and below the water’s surface. We will look for frogs, dragonflies, crayfish and more. Let’s explore together!

Register by July 12

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Prairie Hollow Lake, James A. Reed MWA

The class will cover the following - Lesson 1: Equipment, Casting and Proper Fish . Participants will learn how to properly and safely cast a spincast fishing rod, parts of a fishing rod, how to fasten basic fishing tackle and how to properly handle and release a fish. Lesson 2: How to Tie a Knot and Bait a Hook combines instruction with hands-on fishing to teach young anglers and families intermediate fishing techniques and skills. Participants will learn to tie an improved clinch knot and how to properly secure bait on hooks. Fishing equipment, instructors/coaches and bait/lures will be provided. Ages 7 and above. Children 7-15 must be accompanied by a parent.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by July 12

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:30am

Location: Lake City Shooting Range

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 9:30am to 11:30am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
This is a great time of year to take your family fishing. We will teach some fishing basics, provide equipment and worms and then let you practice your new fishing skills. Kids who attend will be entered in a drawing at the end of the summer for a new fishing pole and tackle box.

Register by July 13

Date: Saturday, July 14, 2018 - 10:30am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (families)
Trek into an amazing creek ecosystem to discover what lives in or depends on Burr Oak Creek. Splish and splash in the mud, water and rocks in search of tadpoles, fish, insects and more.

Register by July 14

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (adults)
Jelly, pickle, and preserve your way through nature’s summer bounty. You have identified and collected the plants. Now what? How do you process plants from field to plate? Join us as we demonstrate methods to preserve your harvest.

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Location: Anita B. Gorman Conservation Discovery Center

Walk-in (adults) From Henry Schoolcraft two hundred years ago to the writers of today, literary minds have been trying to capture the landscape of the Ozarks in words. Sometimes those efforts succeed, and sometimes they fall prey to the stereotyping and mythologizing that so often characterizes portrayals of the people of the Ozarks. Novelist and literary critic Steve Wiegenstein, himself a fifth-generation Ozarker, looks at the efforts through the years to depict the forests, caves, springs and rivers of the Ozarks, admiring the successes and acknowledging the missteps. This program is presented in partnership with the Missouri Humanities Council. A reception will be held at 6 p.m. with the program starting at 6:30 p.m.

Register by July 16

Date: Tuesday, July 17, 2018 - 6:00pm to 8:30pm

Location: Jerry Smith Park

Registration required began June 18 (adults) The magic of a mid-summer evening on a wild prairie will be the focus of our walk at Jerry Smith Park prairie in south Kansas City. Discover what's blooming while learning some simple nature photography tips to capture that magic. Bring your camera or use one of ours to capture the beauty of the prairie. A minimum of five participants is needed for the program to take place.

Register by July 17

Date: Wednesday, July 18, 2018 - 9:00am to 11:00am

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 6-8)
Join us as we get wet and wild exploring Burr Oak Creek for wildlife and discover why creeks are an important habitat.

Register by July 18

Date: Thursday, July 19, 2018 - 9:00am to 12:00pm

Location: Burr Oak Woods Conservation Nature Center

Registration required (ages 12-18)
Do you like to go fishing? How about canoeing? Have you ever tried both at the same time? Join us for an exciting adventure on the pond at Burr Oak Woods! We will get into canoes and have some fun paddling around, then get the fishing poles and try to land a lunker in our boat.

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